The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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The offered RCA Reference Recording acetate contains two songs recorded on April 3-4, 1960, during an all-night session at RCA Nashville’s legendary Studio B. “Are You Lonesome Tonight” and “I Gotta Know” would be released as A and B sides of the same 45 single on November 1, 1960. Within weeks, “Are You Lonesome Tonight” was on top of the charts, and it went on to become a staple of Elvis’ live shows in the 1970s after being featured in his NBC TV special Elvis, historically known as the ’68 Comeback Special. As the story goes, it’s the only time Colonel Parker ever made a direct song suggestion for his client, prompted by the fact that “Are You Lonesome Tonight” was a favorite of his wife Marie. Generally, The Colonel stuck to the souvenir stand and the contracts, but this suggestion created one of Elvis’ most timeless hits. The handwritten labels on the acetate list the song title and artist’s name along with other serial number notations. The acetate has a diameter of approximately 10 inches (25.4 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The acetate presents in playable condition, with moderate scuffing and a few scratches.
1960 RCA Reference Recording 45 RPM Double Sided Acetate for Elvis Presley’s Songs “Are You Lonesome Tonight” and “ I Gotta Know”
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $6,000.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Number Bids: 20
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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